World Leaders and Capital Cities 1st July 2020
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|Countries ▲▼||Leader and their Current Age|
|Angela Merkel Chancellor 65|
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Capital City: Berlin. Founding Year: 1237
|France||Emmanuel Macron President 42|
(wife Brigitte 67)
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Capital City: Paris. Founding Year: Circa 250BC
|Italy||Giuseppe Conte PM (since 1 Jun 2018) 55|
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Click here for Florence, Tuscany in the north-west, homeplace of the Medici Family, the Renaissance and the modern Italian language. Traditionally close to Rome and the Royal House of Savoy, who with the aid of France engineered Italy's reunification from Sardinia 1859-1870.
Capital City: Rome. Founding Year: Circa 753BC
|UK||Boris Johnson PM (since 24 Jul 2019) 56|
succeeding Theresa May PM 63
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Capital City: London. Year: Circa 47AD
|Canada||Justin Trudeau PM 48|
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Founding Province: Quebec. Year: 1608
Capital City: Ottawa. Founding Year: 1855 with the renaming of Bytown.
|USA||Donald Trump President 74|
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Major City: New York. Founding Year: 1624 as New Amsterdam. Renamed New York in 1664.
Capital City: Washington D.C.. Founding Year: 1790 from two pre-existing settlements founded in 1749 and 1751.
|Tonga||Tupou VI King 60|
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Capital City: Nuku'alofa. Formalized: 1875
|NZ||Jacinda Ardern PM (since 26 October 2017) 39|
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Major City: Auckland. Founding Year: Circa 1350
Capital City: Wellington. Founding Year: Circa 1280
|PNG||James Marape PM (since 30 May 2019) 49|
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Capital City: Port Moresby. A trading village renamed in 1873. Became a British Protectorate in 1888 following German colonisation in the north.
|Scott Morrison PM (since 24 Aug 2018) 52|
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Some Famous Aussie Politicians
Anthony Albanese Opposition Leader 57
Bill Shorten 53
Some Famous Aussie Writers
Frances Whiting (about) mid 50s
Click here for some editorials written by Greg in The Australian (2007-2018)
Bernard Salt 63
Major City: Sydney. Founding Year: 1788
Capital City: Canberra. Parliament House Opened: 1927
|Benjamin Netanyahu PM 70|
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Capital City: Jerusalem. Called Salem circa 2000BC. Renamed as City of David circa 968BC (previously named Jebus).
|Gaza Strip||Ismail Haniyeh PM 58|
Major City: Gaza City. Founding Year: Circa 2000BC
|West Bank||Mahmoud Abbas President 84|
Capital City (de facto): Ramallah. Founding Year: Circa 1000AD Crusader era
|Turkey||Recep Erdogan President 66|
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Major City: Istanbul. Founding Year: Circa 660BC as Byzantium. Made Eastern Capital City in 324AD by Roman Emperor Constantine with the name Constantinople. Name changed to Istanbul in 1923.
Capital City: Ankara. Founding Year: Circa 2000BC. Made Capital City in 1923.
|Egypt||Abdel Fattah el-Sisi President 65|
Capital City: Cairo. Founding Year: Circa 2000BC as Memphis, the northern capital of Egypt. Also known as Masr, from Mizraim, Noah's grandson via Ham, who settled there after the flood. Renamed al-Qahirah ("Cairo") in Arabic in 973.
|Lebanon||Michel Aoun (pronounced Mee-shell Oww-an) President 85|
Hassan Diab PM 61 since Jan 2020
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Capital City: Beirut. Founding Year: Circa 2000BC. Early Canaanite/Phoenician name meaning "The Wells". Made Capital City of Lebanon in 1943.
|Syria||Bashar al-Assad President 54|
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Capital City: Damascus. Founding Year: Circa 1400BC.
|Jordan||Abdullah II King 58|
Capital City: Amman. Founding Year: Circa 2000BC. Capital city for the Ammonite tribe.
|Saudi Arabia||Salman King 84|
Mohammad bin Salman Crown Prince (since 21 June 2017) 34
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Capital City: Riyadh pronounced Ree-yadd. Founding Year: 1744.
With regard to the failed state of Yemen directly to the south click here for Yemen's current status, there are currently three Presidents
|Iraq||Adil Abdul-Mahdi PM (since 25 Oct 2018) 78|
Capital City: Baghdad. Founding Year: 762AD just north of ancient Babylon.
|Iran||Ali Khamenei Supreme Leader (Ayatollah) 81|
Hassan Rouhani President 71
Aga Khan IV Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini born in Geneva Switzerland. 83
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Capital City: Tehran. Founding Year: 1554 when a bazaar and a square town wall with four gates were built. Previously it was an unwalled region with just 1,000 residents. Circa 1778, a citadel (today's Golestan Palace) was built by
Click here for Iran's earlier capitals back to Susa (or Shushan) at the time of Daniel, Cyrus the Great and Esther.
|Vladimir Putin President 67|
Capital City: Moscow. Founding Year: 1147
|Pakistan||Imran Khan PM (since 18 Aug 2018) 67|
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Major City: Karachi. Founding Year: 1729
Capital City: Islamabad. Founding Year: 1960
|India||Narendra Modi PM 69|
India is the second most populated country in the world.
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Capital City: New Delhi. Continuous settlement since about 6th century BC. Founding Year as a walled city, now known as Old Delhi: 1648. From 1857 the British capital was in Calcutta. The Foundation Stone for New Delhi was laid in 1911 by King George V, and the new capital was inaugurated in 1931.
Dalai Lama 84
|Bangladesh||Sheikh Hasina PM 72|
Capital City: Dakha. Founding Year: 1608
A brief history of Bangladesh
War broke out in March 1971. Her father was arrested and taken to Pakistan. Bangladesh formed a provisional government, with her absent father named as President in April. They were aided by India at this time, and had Calcutta as the capital-in-exile.
|Myanmar (Burma)||Win Myint President (since 2018) 68|
Aung San Suu Kyi (Owwn Saan Soo Chee) State Counsellor (since 2016) 75
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Major City: Yangon (also known as Rangoon). Founding Year: Circa 1028. In 2006, the military government relocated the administrative functions to the purpose-built city of Naypyidaw.
|China||Xi Jinping President 67|
China (including Tibet) is the most populated country in the world.
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Capital City: Beijing. Founding Year: 1045BC
|Korea North||Kim Jong-Un Supreme Leader 37 (South Korea) 36 (US records)|
In 1910 Japan annexed the whole country. Following Japan's defeat and with Soviet troops advancing, the country was divided at the 38th parallel by US troops on 10 August 1945. With Korea's division, between 400,000 to 4 million refugees fled south 1945-1950. In May 1946 it became illegal to cross the 38th Parallel without a permit.
In 1950 North Korea invaded South Korea with the aid of Stalin. They captured Seoul in late June 1950, were forced out by the UN in September, recaptured it with the aid of Mao's army in early January 1951, before being forced out again in March. A long stalemate followed, arguments over POWs with numerous North Korean and Chinese POWs not wanting to be returned to their homeland. Finally an armistice was arranged in 1953 with ⅔ of the Chinese POWs heading to Taiwan. Both sides lost 1 to 1½ million people each during the war, the UN, well, mainly the US, assisting the south.
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Capital City: Pyongyang. Founding Year (according to Korean mythology): 1122BC
|Korea South||Moon Jae-In President (since 10 May 2017) 67|
With division of the country in 1945, Seoul became the south's new capital.
Capital City: Seoul. Founding Year: 18BC
|Japan||Shinzo Abe PM 65
Naruhito Emperor (since 1 May 2019) 60
Capital City: Tokyo. First fortified (from a small fishing village): Circa 1200
|Philippines||Rodrigo Duterte President 75|
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Capital City: Manila. First Fortified (for trading): Circa 1200
|Vietnam||Nguyen Phu Trong (Nwen Phoo Trong) General Secretary and President 76|
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Major City: Ho Chi Minh City also known as Saigon. Founding Year as a Temple site: Circa 400AD. First settled about 1000AD.
Capital City: Hanoi. Founding Year: 1010
|Cambodia||Hun Sen PM 67|
Became Prime Minister in 1985, but has had a significant role in Cambodia since 1975, the rule of the Khmer Rouge, and the fall of the US backed Khmer Republic (1970-1975). Note, between 1975-1979 under Pol Pot's regime, all monetary exchange in Cambodia was abolished. The Cambodian riel was reintroduced following Vietnam's invasion in 1979.
Capital City: Phnom Penh. Founding Year: 1372
|Thailand||Prayut Chan-o-cha PM 66|
Maha Vajiralongkorn (Rama X) King (since 2016) 67
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Capital City: Bangkok. Founding Year: 1782
|Malaysia||Muhyiddin Yassin Current PM 73 (since 1 March 2020)|
Mahathir Mohamad previous PM 94
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Click here for a timeline snapshot of British Malaya and British Borneo from Wikipedia
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Capital City: Kuala Lumpur. Founding Year: Circa 1857
|Indonesia||Joko Widodo President 59
Capital City: Jakarta (known to the Dutch as Batavia). Founding Year: Circa 400AD
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